Levin, Stabenow Announce Grants for Michigan DOT and Three Local Transit Agencies

Monday, July 23, 2012

WASHINGTON – Mass-transit passengers across Michigan will get safer and more reliable service thanks to new federal grants, Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced Monday.

One statewide grant and three grants to local transit agencies will help pay for new buses and other service improvements.

“Safe and reliable transportation is vital to job growth and economic development,” Levin said. “These grants will help ensure that Michiganians can get where they need to go, so our state can keep moving forward.”

“This is great news for Michigan families and businesses," said Stabenow. "These new projects will create jobs and a strong public transportation system that will spur economic development and boost local businesses.”

The grants announced Monday will go to:

  • The Michigan Department of Transportation, which will receive a $5 million award to help pay for replacement of aging buses at 20 transit agencies across the state.
  • Livingston Essential Transportation Service in Livingston County, which will receive $877,476 to replace aging buses and to add two spare buses to its fleet.
  • Harbor Transit in Grand Haven, which will receive $482,240 for replacement of aging buses.
  • The Blue Water Area Transportation Commission in Port Huron, which will receive $79,000 to replace an on-street bus loading and unloading area at St. Clair County Community College with an off-street facility that improves pedestrian and bicycle access.

The bus replacement grants were awarded through the Federal Transit Administration’s State of Good Repair Program, a competitive program that helps local transit agencies maintain bus and rail transit systems. The Port Huron grant was awarded through the FTA’s Bus Livability Program, which makes competitive grants to help purchase buses and build bus-related facilities.